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Forest mortality risk and climate change

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

A soil-plant-atmosphere model for 2050-2069 predicts that changes in precipitation and air temperature are likely to lead to increased plant mortality risk within 13 temperate and tropical forest biomes across the globe; however, increases in specific humidity and carbon dioxide concentrations are likely to partially offset the rising mortality risk, according to a study.


Article #17-04811: "Increasing atmospheric humidity and CO2 concentration alleviate forest mortality risk," by Yanlan Liu et al.

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